Dr. Etesami has conducted several research projects on breast cancer screening using digital breast tomosynthesis or breast MRI. Dr. Etesami’s recent work presented at annual Radiological Society of North America could help settle a controversial question in breast imaging: At what age should a woman start having mammograms? The lower incidence of breast cancer and the higher rate of false-positive recalls for younger women has led some to suggest that screening younger women is not effective. However, Dr. Etesami and her colleagues have found that DBT, when compared to conventional digital mammogram, has been shown to reduce false-positive recalls while also increasing cancer detection rates. According to Dr. Etesami, delaying screening may result in losing the opportunity to detect aggressive cancers at an earlier stage in women aged 40 to 49.
She has also worked on multiple projects investigating potential use of breast MRI in predicting response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy in breast cancer.
Breast Diseases; Magnetic Resonance Imaging; Mammography; Diffusion Magnetic Resonance Imaging